Minnesota has new principal viola

Minnesota has new principal viola


norman lebrecht

July 27, 2017

Rebecca Albers has been promoted after seven years as assistant principal viola.



Thomas Turner has asked to move back into the viola section, after 23 years as principal.

Two new recruits, Natsuki Kumagai and Ben Odhner, join the second violins.



  • Larry says:

    Her sister Julie is the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra principal cello. A very impressive family!

  • Nardo Poy says:

    Excellent choice! She’s a wonderful player. Many years ago I was a judge at the Juilliard School for seating placement in the Juilliard Orchestra. She stood head and shoulders above everyone who played that day. We awarded her 10 out of 10 points.